Songwriter and publisher Charles K. Santa or Halloween cards, however, are rarely available to the casual browser and are hardly ever available for a dollar or two. In the case of Bamforth cards, we can judge the popularity of a song by the number of different editions published — while some cards had only one edition, others had two, three, four, or as many as ten. Other songs depict pioneers around a campfire or in a rustic American cabin, again longing for home. Many Licences have been issued over the past few years to re-establish the Bamforth brand, with a multitude of merchandise being produced from cushions to seaside rock, mouse mats to fridge magnets. Ltd' started making silent monochrome films with the Riley Brothers of , West Yorkshire, who had been making films since 1896. No 1 sold recently for £53 on its own! Halloween cards are very rarely available at all, except online.
Every holiday, from New Year's to Easter and Christmas, was commemorated with these bright, cheerful cards. Established in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Bamforth quickly became the world's largest publisher of saucy, comic Postcards, depicting among others, hen pecked husbands, large ladies, with lots of cheeky captions. In September 2010, on the 100th anniversary of the original launch of the postcards, the new owner Ian Wallace has relaunched the publication and sale of the postcards, with the Jane Evans Licensing Consultancy. A history of funny postcards in England, with a thorough introduction to Bamforth and mostly black and white reproductions of various cards, including song cards. Illustrations were painted or transferred onto glass slides and projected onto a screen or wall for the edification and entertainment of groups small and large.
Though film production was restarted in 1913 it was again stopped in 1915, when the film production was changed to the new named 'Holmfirth Producing Company, which quickly moved operations to London. Bamforth postcards were hand drawn by artists from 1910 which is quite an accomplishment when you look at how many different postcards were produced. Bamforth Bamforth and Company was founded by James Bamforth in the late 19th century and by the end of World War I more than 20 million postcards were being produced each year, selling all over the world. For the most part such postcards featured popular songs and hymns. By the 1900's the slides had evolved into what we know now as Bamforth postcards.
Once this restriction was lifted, the postcard industry, already popular, grew even faster. A fascinating stroll through 100 years of cards, including some song postcards, all reproduced at half size in color and including part or all of the messages on the back and commentary from the author. But after a few years, song postcards took on a life of their own independent of illustrated song slides. The contents are typical of the war-related songs of the time, expressing a longing for home rather than a call to arms. The company was based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Until about 1900, only the address was permitted on the back, so both illustration and message had to be squeezed onto the front.
Both of these companies were producers of illustrated song slides, and published some of their slides as song postcard sets. Bamforth originally used his talents to produce painted lantern slides but later moved to photography which proved more successful. The humorous postcards covered social aspects of life such as sex, drinking, marriage but are always done with innuendo. For bargain cards, keep an eye out around Valentine's Day, St. For the most part messages tend to be homey, referring to family health or reporting personal incidents, but we can also find references to song or films or news events of the day. Although the Bamforth company was best known in the United Kingdom for producing a wide range of topographical and tourist postcards as well as 'saucy' seaside cards, what is less well known was their rich history of filmmaking.
A list of thousands of Bamforth cards, including song cards, comic cards, view cards, and others. In this paper, I will concentrate on the live model postcards. Harris produced a series of at least eight of his songs lettered A-H , four cards to a set, using black and white photos identical to the colorized song slides, and adding a line of the chorus beneath, complete with the melody line. An internet search can often come up with a copy online for perusal or, in the case of more popular songs, for purchase. Just be sure you're getting the real deal if you do decide to splurge on a rare card. We bring the light relief to help you escape the daily grind. Includes a nice introduction to the history of postcards.
In a time where the population of big cities was growing rapidly, such songs capitalized on nostalgic sentiment. Always tottering on the brink of good taste — yet often falling over it — they are the visual equivalent of the pub joke, and their contribution to British social history is immense. Hard-to-find Fourth of July cards can be found through online shopping as well. Framed collections like these make quite a conversation grouping when hung down a hallway. The Postcard Century: 2000 cards and their messages.
Take a look at our. Both of these types first came out in black and white, but by 1910 most if not all of the cards were in color. Collect all four cards of the set and you have the complete chorus. Another popular theme for collectors is Santa Claus. The phenomenal success of these cheeky Postcards quickly became world famous, and to this day they remain much sought after collector's items. In a reissue, the man is a soldier writing to his sweetheart from the battle zone, though the lyrics remain the same. The more obscure holidays are generally the most sought after, with Halloween cards being some of the most expensive and hard to find.
Closely watch the condition variations as well to make sure you don't overpay. Some people bought song postcards singly or in sets for a collection, but of course many people posted them to friends and family. Get in the spirit of things with our hillarious cards from the Bamforth Collection. Or get in on the act with our licensing agreements and join our success. These all have followings among collectors. For a dollar or two, you can find a little treasure to take home and add to your stash without going into debt.
But whereas an illustrated song would have 12 to 16 slides in general, postcard sets ran from two to four cards. It is interesting to spot the same model in different song postcard sets. The art, the content, and of course the songs themselves are a window into the past, with the added bonus of sometimes banal but sometimes intriguing messages from one person to another, both long passed — a bit like peeping through a keyhole of time. The cheeky designs became synonymous with the English seaside resorts where they were sold, but were also exported all over the world. Written in 1912 by Jack Judge, it catapulted to fame in 1914 when it was recorded by the famous Irish tenor John McCormack and sung as a marching song by Irish and British troops in World War I. Apparently, the printing works where Bamforth postcards were produced has now been converted into residential apartments.